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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WK124 (fuselage)

TT.18 WK124 - Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall

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Canberra TT.18 WK124 at Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, 30th March 2022; Mike Overs

This B.2 spent the early part of her service career in Germany being delivered first to 103 Sqd at RAFG Gutersloh. She would have stayed with 103 until their disbandment in August of 1956 when she was transferred to the charge of 59 Sqd at RAFG Bruggen.

WK124 is next noted with 213 Sqd - presumably when they moved, with their B(I).6s to RAFG Bruggen in August 1957 and they took over the remnants of 59 Sqd's B.2 Canberras. In January 1969, WK124 was moved to 27 MU (Shawbury) for conversion to a TT.18.

After conversion, WK124 was transferred to the charge of the Fleet Requirements Unit (Royal Navy) at RNAS Yeovilton. She is next noted as reverting to RAF charge when she joined 7 Sqd at RAF St Mawgan. This Canberra's final days in service with the RAF were with 100 Sqd at RAF Wyton with the squadron number of "CR", retiring in March 1991 and performing her final flight into RAF Manston to become a crash rescue training airframe.

With the fire school beginning to close, WK124 was chopped up, the cockpit going into private ownership, while the battered remains of her fuselage were transported down to the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre.

Information on this page current as of 25/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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